Black Lives Matter: Education and Enrichment

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When attempting to solve this centuries-long problem the first step to take is to educate ourselves and our communities on the pain and suffering this community has endured. Image Credits: Sacree Frangine

Isabella Espinosa

The past few weeks, the Black Lives Matter movement has been cast into the international spotlight after several violent and unjust events involving the discrimination of blacks have been displayed across social media. On Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter, several posts and comments demanding black justice and fair prosecution of those who have committed crimes against the black community are being spread daily. Problems relating to racism, violence, and unjust treatment of people of color have been occurring for hundreds of years without end or proper justice. The spread of recent events has brought this conflict to its ultimate boiling point, with thousands protesting, rioting, and rallying together to promote the value and respect of black lives. Members of the human race are teaming up all around the world to promote positivity and acceptance of black people all throughout society. One of the best ways to combat conflict is to educate and be educated. Gaining a broader sense of perspective and understanding of this issue could ultimately minimize its presence. Listed below are several movies and books that give an inside look into what it’s like to be treated unfairly simply because of one’s skin color. Brands and organizations promoting kindness and acceptance of the black community can be found farther down.

Movies

  • See You Yesterday (2019-Sci-Fi): Netflix Original 
  • The Help (2011-Historical Drama): Netflix, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Itunes, Hulu, Google Play, and Youtube
  • The Hate U Give (2018-Drama): Youtube, Google Play, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Itunes, and Hulu
  • Do The Right Thing (1989-Drama/Comedy): Vudu, Google Play, Itunes, Amazon Prime Video, and Youtube
  • Selma (2014-Historical Drama): Youtube, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, and Itunes
  • Just Mercy (2019-Legal Drama): Vudu, Google PLay, Youtube, and Itunes
  • Malcolm X (1992-Historical Drama): Netflix, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Itunes, Youtube, and Google Play
  • Hidden Figures (2016-Historical Drama): Hulu, Vudu, Google Play, Youtube, Amazon Prime Video, and Itunes
  • Fences (2016-Drama): Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Youtube, Itunes, and Google Play
  • Race (2016-Sport Drama): Youtube, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and Vudu

Documentaries

  • 13th (2016): Netflix
  • The Black Power Mixtape (2011): Google Play, Itunes, Youtube, and Sling TV
  • I Am Not Your Negro (2016): Youtube, Itunes, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, and Vudu
  • Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland (2018): Hulu, HBO Max, HBO Go, and Amazon Prime Video
  •  Freedom Riders (2010): Amazon Prime Video
  •  Slavery by Another Name (2012): PBS
  •  Eyes on the Prize (1987-documentary series): PBS
  •  Soundtrack for a Revolution (2009): Tubi and Vudu
  •  Dark Girls (2011): Youtube and Amazon Prime Video
  •  More than a Month (2012): Itunes

Books

  • The Underground Railroad (2017)
  • The Hate U Give (2017)
  • The Color Purple (2011)
  • X (2016)
  • I know Why the Caged Bird Sings (2011)
  • I Am Alfonso Jones (2017)
  • Dear Martin (2017)
  • Black Boy (2011) 
  • Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (2009) 
  • Black Enough (2019)

Organizations

Brands supporting the BLM movement

 

The sources provided above are only the start of a huge wealth of knowledge on black history and injustice. When attempting to solve this centuries-long problem the first step to take is to educate ourselves and our communities on the pain and suffering this community has endured. Knowledge is power and with that power we can learn to respect each other with the understanding of our history and reality to create a brighter future. 

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